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Poster: gumby69 Date: Jul 8, 2011 9:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nicky Hopkins Was The Best Keyboard Player To Play With Jerry!

I do like Ozzie Ahlers he kills this version of That's Alright Mama.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suLpY610jq0

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jul 8, 2011 11:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nicky Hopkins Was The Best Keyboard Player To Play With Jerry!

Aside from a few really bad choices in keyboard sounds,I thought Ozzie was the second best keyboardist to play with Jerry.During his tenure with the JGB he displayed an ability to improvise and at times lead Jerry on some interesting side trips,and his solos were usually well played .I would recommend seeking out the versions of Positively 4th Street from 12/21/79 and 2/23/ 80 to hear Ozzie really shine for in both versions Jerry keeps forgetting the words and they just take off on solos and jams until Jerry can focus and give the lyrics another shot.
I would have enjoyed seeing what he could have done given the chance to play piano with Jerry,and on occasion wonder what he would have brought to the GD keyboard seat.